Overcoming adversity: A Winterfest to remember for one Forest Hills Central student

Posted at 11:43 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 23:44:09-05

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Forest Hills Central students are helping make Valentine's Day memories for a student that will last a lifetime.

15-year-old, Isaac Wilcox, was voted by his peers to represent the freshman class as prince in this year's Winterfest court. His family said he's an upbeat young man who enjoys singing in the choir and hanging out with family. In 2004, a car crash paralyzed Issac from the neck down, confining him to a wheelchair ever since.

Friday night, Wilcox showed his peers what it looks like to overcome adversity. The varsity basketball game turned up quite the crowd but it wasn't the game bringing people to their feet, it was Wilcox and the Winterfest court.

"To be voted by my fellow students, they're awesome," said Wilcox.

His mother, Catherine Wilcox said her son plans on going to the dance with a close friend. She said his will be a Valentine's Day weekend he and his family won't soon forget.

"I’ve seen a boost of self confidence in him this week," said Isaac's mother, Catherine. "Just reassurance that his peers accept him for who he is, that they see Issac and not just a wheel chair."